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PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER PLEADS GUILTY FOR ROLE IN GAMBLING RING

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Nathan Paetsch, 28, of Spencerport, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to transmission of wagering information and structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements. The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, a fine of $750,000 or both. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Paetsch will be sentenced to probation, eight months home confinement, and. 400 hours of community service.

ROCHESTER RESTAURANTEUR SENTENCED FOR TAX EVASION

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Konstantinos Votsis, 64, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of tax evasion, was sentenced to six months home confinement by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Gerace. The defendant was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service at the Open Door Mission. Votsis must also pay restitution of approximately $308,000 and forfeit $250,000.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John J.

FORMER TRIBAL COUNCILOR OF THE SENECA NATION OF INDIANS AND VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BUFFALO, N.Y.—The United States Attorney’s Office announces that Bergal L. Mitchell, III, 41, of Gowanda, NY, pleaded guilty to lying to Special Agents of the  Federal Bureau of Investigation before U.S District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony M. Bruce and James P.

NIAGARA FALLS MAN CHARGED WITH BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND AMMUNITION

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announces  that a federal grand jury has returned a one-count indictment charging Ralik Hamilton, 40, of Niagara Falls, NY, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherin Baumgarten, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, on April 10, 2015, New York State Parole and other law enforcement officers conducted a search of the defendant’s residence on 4th Street in Niagara Falls. During the search, they recovered a 9 mm pistol and several rounds of ammunition. Having been previously been convicted of a felony, Hamilton is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.   The defendant was arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr.

NEWARK MAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING 25 FIREARMS FROM LOCAL GUN STORE

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Rodney Goodrich, Jr., 28, of Newark, NY, who was convicted of theft of firearms and possession and sale of stolen firearms and ammunition, was sentenced to nine years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

BUFFALO WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGES BUFFALO

 U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Alicia Maghett, 51, of Lackawanna, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, hydrocodone, before U.S. Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a $500,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case, stated that between October 2013 and February 25, 2014, the defendant conspired with Troy Cooley and Markiel Hall to sell hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, in the City of Buffalo.

WILLIAMSON MAN SENTENCED FOR MAIL FRAUD CONSPIRACY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that John Jarnot, 56, of Williamson, NY, who was convicted of participating in a mail fraud conspiracy, was sentenced to five years probation by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley E. Tyler stated that Jarnot worked as a forklift mechanic for Xerox Corporation at the company's Webster, NY facilities. The defendant placed false orders for new and repaired forklift parts which were not needed with Clarkson Auto Electric, Inc.